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5 Fun Facts About January 25 In Michigan History

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1. On January 25, 1937, the Detroit News strike reached its peak, with 400,000 readers left without a daily paper. The strike lasted for nearly five months, becoming one of the longest and most contentious in American newspaper history.

2. The Battle of Frenchtown, also known as the River Raisin Massacre, took place on January 25, 1813, during the War of 1812. British troops and their Native American allies defeated American forces, resulting in the deaths of over 100 soldiers and civilians.

3. American astronaut Jim Irwin, who was born in Michigan, passed away on January 25, 1991. Irwin was the eighth person to walk on the moon, having been a member of the Apollo 15 mission in 1971.

4. In 1837, Michigan became the twenty-sixth state to enter the Union on January 25th, after a controversial and protracted dispute over its boundary with Ohio. The state took its name from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake."

5. On January 25, 1912, the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad, a major transportation network connecting Michigan and Indiana, was acquired by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The line remained in operation until the 1950s, when declining profits and the rise of automobile travel led to its closure.
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